Taking an Inventory

“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.” ― Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor’s Handbook “Why, Mr. Magruder?  Why do we have to count all the towels?”  Every January, just before the white sale […]

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A New View

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” ― John le Carré   While I was eating lunch with friends recently, my young friend Caroline left us to take a nap while her mother enjoyed a visit with the adults.  Caroline poked her head back out the bedroom door and said, “I […]

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Cooking with Attitude

“Proper attitudes are as important as the quality of food and cooking techniques.” Healing with Whole Foods   It’s been more than six years since I made major changes in my eating choices.  Each year since those initial changes of dropping sugar and flour from my diet, I have made adjustments at meal and snacktime, […]

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Sharing it All

“When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains … the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. ” ~Clarence Darrow Recently, as I was going through the news feed on one of my social media pages,  I came across a Facebook friend who is […]

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Finding Freedom

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation Two women sat watching their sons […]

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You’re Grace?

“Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” ~Frederich Schiller “You’re Grace?”  The question was not so strange.  My business name contains “Grace,” and the column which holds my blog is ‘Amazed by Grace’.  If either of my sons had turned out to be a daughter, her name would have been Elizabeth […]

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It Takes a Team to find Success

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi  I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who has made it through life completely alone.  Even though a country might have one leader, he does not rule alone.  A company has […]

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Breaking Free from The Rumor Mill

“The report of my death is greatly exaggerated.”  Mark Twain Twain’s infamous quote came in a letter he wrote in May 1897. His cousin had been gravely ill.  People must have confused the two men, and rumors began that Twain was dying and then was dead.  Rumors are untruths, or sometimes partial truths, that are […]

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Traditions Can Be Treasures

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer      “Where’s the cranberry sauce?  We can’t have turkey without cranberry sauce!”  It was the first Thanksgiving my mother had lived in her new home near my family, […]

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Fear Not

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson      Twelve steps or three leaps.  That’s how […]

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